Your Reasons to Stop Smoking

It's time to kick your motivation in high gear and dig deep into Box of Tissuesyour reasons to stop smoking. Do you remember those reasons for smoking that you worked on in Step one? Well, now it's time to work through those same areas to discover reasons to quit smoking. We'll start with some common reasons that I've heard from clients. Put a star next to reasons that you identify with, and then add your own reasons in the lines provided. First identify some Physical reasons to quit smoking.

  • I fatigue easily.
  • I get sick easily.
  • My teeth are turning yellow.
  • I'm noticing more wrinkles on my face, especially around my mouth.

Next, distinguish Emotional reasons to quit smoking.

  • I feel that cigarettes have too much control in my life.
  • I don't like that I smoke cigarettes.
  • I don't want others to be effected by the cigarettes I smoke.

You may have Habitual reasons for quitting smoking.

  • I often smoke without even thinking about it.
  • I wish I could have coffee without also having a cigarette.
  • I'm tired of unconsciously or consciously planning my day around my next cigarette.

Finally, identify any social reasons why you want to stop smoking.

  • I'm tired of having to leave a place to have a cigarette (outside, car, etc.).
  • I'm worried that others smell smoke in my clothes/car/home.
  • I feel like people look down upon me because I smoke.

Come back to these reasons often as a way to help keep your motivation up. You might try keeping a copy of these in your purse or wallet so you can refer to them often.

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